Waist and BMI equal in predicting CVD risk

USING the tape measure rather than the scales may still not be the best way to assess an overweight person's risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), a landmark study suggests.

The Emerging Risk Factors Collaboration, which includes Australian researchers, says recommendations that waist-to-hip ratio or waist circumference replace body mass index (BMI) as the key clinical measure of adiposity have now been "reliably refuted".

According to the analysis of 58 studies involving a total 220,000 people, the impact of BMI on cardiovascular disease risk was similar to that of waist circumference and waist-to-hip ratio, while

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